Hamilton, Mrs. Arthur

1st September 1920 Mrs Arthur Hamilton (Daughter of Scottish Baronet Sir Charles and Lady Fairlie-Cuninghame) claimed to have swum for 11hrs 45mins on an England to France swim. Her Pilot Mr Porter sent a letter in 1921 claiming that she only swam for one hour and then got on the boat. He said that as a result of what has happened on her 1921 swim he could no longer remain silent.

21 August 1921, Mrs Hamilton claimed to have swum for 21hrs 45mins, the Pilot Mr Courtes and the crew confirmed her story but claimed that they put a rope around her to support during feeds.The Light House Keeper at Cap Gris Nez saw no swimmers.The proprietors of the Cap Gris Nez Hotel saw no swimmers. Mrs Hamilton refused to discuss the swim. No Log book or Chart exists. The swims were never recognised.

Violet Antonia Fairlie-Cuninghame (22/04/1875 – 1950) was the daughter of Sir Charles Arthur Fairlie-Cuninghame of Robertland, 11th Bt. and Caroline Madelina Blair. She was born in Scotland but grew up in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. She married Colonel Arthur Cochrane Hamilton (1863 – 1929), son of Captain Hamilton RN, on 17 October 1902. She lived in at 89 Cadogan Gardens, London, England. One son, Major Arthur John Digby Hamilton (1912 – 1980)

Swims by Hamilton, Mrs. Arthur

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